Review of Fenella – a lovely yarn by Susan Crawford Vintage

I took a class at Edinburgh Yarn Festival with Hazel Tindall to learn fair-isle colour work. I liked my little cuff I created that day, but I sensed that I wasn't quite ready to dive into making my dream fair isle vest. I mention this, because I still have a fantasy that one day I'll knit a… Continue reading Review of Fenella – a lovely yarn by Susan Crawford Vintage

Yarn review: Blacker Swan Falklands Merino DK

This is one of the lushes softest yarns I've touched, more like suede and cat ears. If you consider I'm pretty much knitting through the Blacker Yarns collection, then this is some kind of zenith. I do promise to review other company yarns. I find myself suddenly away from my stash, and I had to… Continue reading Yarn review: Blacker Swan Falklands Merino DK

Yarn review: Blacker Yarns, Gotland 4 ply

I almost want to write six different reviews for this yarn, but you'd think I was crazy right? But I have to say the three colours of the wool have subtle differences so you'd need three. Then I'd have to write a review in three different stitches and needle sizes. And I'm only talking about… Continue reading Yarn review: Blacker Yarns, Gotland 4 ply

Learning about wool spinning at New Lanark Mill in Scotland

There's really so much to see at New Lanark, but I wish I had spent less time looking at fibreglass mannequins, and more time up in the mill on the 4th floor. That was exciting and real. Visiting the mill If you're going, I'd recommend you could plan a full day just around the mill,… Continue reading Learning about wool spinning at New Lanark Mill in Scotland

Yarn review: Jacob/ Mohair 50/50 DK by Blacker Yarns

Right now, on Blacker Yarns site, they have some sampler packs of their wool. You can choose natural or dyed, dk, aran, etc. Like they say, this is like getting a mixed case of wine. You can try  loads of different ones! I've been buying one off balls so this, to me, looks like a… Continue reading Yarn review: Jacob/ Mohair 50/50 DK by Blacker Yarns

Ways to label swatches

I really enjoy the knitting meet-ups with the Ravelry group. They are once a month-ish at the Dock Cafe, which is an honesty café. You pay what you like. You can bring your own lunch. I only noticed in tiny fine print last time, it's run as a sort of church. "Why did you have… Continue reading Ways to label swatches